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Who Are You Gonna Believe: Trump or Your Own Lying Eyes?

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Will Donald Trump go where no other president has gone before and legalize recreational marijuana in the United States? If you’re Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci or Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, you seem to think he will.

“I think he’s waiting for after the midterms,” Scaramucci told Charles Peralo of Succeed.com in an Oct. 30, 2018 interview.”I think he’s on the side of legalization.”

Rohrabacher told Fox News on Oct. 11, 2018,: “I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real.”

But with the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election day 2018 less than 24 hours away, some voters could be justified in thinking this is just another cynical campaign ploy to pacify pro-legalization Republicans, given Trump’s record on fulfilling his campaign promises.

The Art of The Deal: Big Promises, Little Action

In 2016, Trump campaigned on myriad issues, including building a wall along the Mexico/U.S. border (paid for by Mexico, somehow), pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, reducing taxes for all U.S. citizens, and dismantling the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with health “insurance for everyone.”   

Sounds pretty good, right? Sure, but when you get into the weeds and examine how the Trump administration has made good on each of these promises, the situation starts to look less promising.

Less than 14 percent of Trump’s campaign promises have been kept, and a whopping 33 percent have stalled, including not cutting Medicaid and Medicare and providing guaranteed six weeks of paid maternity leave, according to PolitiFact.

Once elected, Trump and the GOP passed a tax plan that disproportionately benefited the ultra-wealthy, failed to make progress on the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and have increased military action in Afghanistan.

The only “concession” with regards to marijuana reform came in April 2018, after Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner promised to block Department of Justice (DOJ) nominees after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo in January 2018. Trump made a “commitment” to Gardner to support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana, according to CNBC.

Sounds pretty good, right? Sure again, but the enthusiasm was short lived. In August 2018, BuzzFeed News exposed the Trump Administration’s Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee’s efforts to extract “data demonstrating the most significant negative trends” from 14 federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration and to “message the facts about the negative impacts of marijuana.”

The news left many congressmen frustratingly scratching their heads. In early October 2018,  Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett of Virginia told Rolling Stone: “My question is, who is in charge over there? It borders on ridiculous. The president is right on this issue. The gatekeepers need to do their job, not undermine good policy.”

Trump Says What You Want to Hear from Him

It wouldn’t be a full conversation into Trump’s confusing decision making without bringing up what the public thinks: Legalize recreational weed already.

On Oct. 22, 2018, Gallup published a poll that indicates 66 percent of Americans now support marijuana legalization and 53 percent were Republicans. In short, the majority of Americans think it’s time to legalize marijuana. But is the issue important enough to sway voters? That remains to be seen.  

But back to the fear and loathing that seems to be Trump’s 2018 campaign strategy: While Trump is probably less interested in becoming America’s great marijuana emancipator, he’s always shown a Michael Scott-like interest in the overwhelming public support for any given issue. You want health insurance, lower taxes, and safer borders? Trump has no problem promising getting those things done and handing you an IOU when it comes time to collect. With the 2020 presidential election just two years away, campaigning on marijuana legalization would most likely poll well as he looks to get re-elected.

Will he actually pull through on marijuana legalization? Unlikely. Such a wide-sweeping policy change would take a massive amount of hard work, dedication to sound policy, and bipartisan cooperation, all traits this administration is short on.

But if the 2016 election and Trump’s sporadic policy messaging are any indicators, we don’t know what the hell is going to happen. What we do know is that action matters more than words, or, in Trump’s case, “stalled” promises. Find out who has walked the walk when it comes to cannabis policy, and who is simply blowing smoke. See you at the polls.

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My name is Monterey Bud and I was born in Long Beach and raised on the central coast. I surf, dab, burn and write. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I have been writing about marijuana strains, science, and politics for Marijuana.com since 2012. A Big Sur cultivator from the pre-helicopter days, I'm a big fan of new strains and breaking news. I can be reached on Twitter @MontereyBud

12 Comments

  1. Yeah, we really got stitched in the 2016 election because also Hillary was promising Goldman Sachs execs in a private meeting that legalization wouldn’t happen “on my watch” if elected. On the public campaign trail she was portraying it differently by praising “the laboratory of democracy” that could bring legalization. Gary Johnson, of course, was the only real deal regarding Cannabis, while the majors tried to play it both ways.

    Aleppo per se isn’t the American Government’s responsibility, the tragedy of several hundreds of thousands of Cannabis Arrests in America Every Year Is. Withholding votes from Cannabis prohibitionist politicians will end up resolving the worst one of our problems as the people unite for peace and freedom.

  2. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Love your articles, Mr. Bud, though I can’t help but notice errors in spelling/grammar. Two glaring examples in this one are “a whooping 33 percent” (did you mean “whopping”?) and “many congressman” (“congressmen”).

    The fault here, as it has since April 1937, lies exclusively with the United States Congress, which has ruthlessly imposed two truly insidious federal “marihuana” laws on the states. Today petulant Democrats and Republicans in D.C. are prolonging the longest period of overall political gridlock in history, which is clearly revealed by their total failure to repeal the “Schedule I” status in the 1970 Controlled Substances Act.

    The growing of cannabis plants NEVER should’ve been prohibited in America; how it has been all this time–via the fraudulent “marihuana” laws–is the real crime. This ban has completely wasted staggering amounts of national wealth on law enforcement, and decimated thriving economies in cannabis-derived manufacturing, medicine, nutrition (food) and adult recreation. Regardless of which president “takes credit” for signing a new law, it will take at least another 10 years to clean up the giant mess that has resulted from the tyranny waged by federal lawmakers against our beautiful cannabis plants.

    Ancient James hits the proverbial nail right on the head in his comment above, in terms of the best solution.

    • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced legislation (S. 3174) , the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.
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      The new legislation would:
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      Decriminalize Marijuana: The legislation would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level by descheduling (removing) marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act of 1970;
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      Protect Children: The legislation would maintain the Department of Treasury’s authority to regulate marijuana advertising in the same way it does tobacco advertising to ensure the marijuana businesses aren’t allowed to target children in their advertisements.
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      Incentivize Record Sealing and Expungement Programs: The legislation authorizes grant programs to encourage state and local governments to administer, adopt, or enhance expungement or sealing programs for marijuana possession convictions. The bill provides $100 million over five years to the DOJ to carry out this purpose.
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      Nine Senators have cosponsored the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act: Senator Mike Bennet (D-CO), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

      • Lawrence Goodwin on

        Very helpful info for the head. Thx for sharing!

        Calculating Democrats such as Senator Chuck Schumer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be just trying to outflank the growing ranks of Republicans who aim to “take credit” (and thereby appeal to more voters) for the official act of re-legalizing cannabis cultivation. That’s all fine and dandy, since the parties should be agreeing to such a move with no further delay. Still, considering how these fascinating plants can stimulate the entire U.S. economy for infinity, they are all at fault for shoving totally hysterical “marihuana” BS down our throats for 80-plus years too long. WTF Chuck? Where have you been all this time?

        • Lawrence,
          Is there no pleasing you? Why are you bitter? Let’s see the Republicans match that offer! Republicans, like loser Pete Sessions in the House, ARE the ones blocking progress and science!!

          • Lawrence Goodwin on

            A back-and-forth with an intelligent person is always pleasant, though I am “bitter” precisely b/c I live in Schumer’s and Cuomo’s pathetic state of New York. For 18 long years I’ve been waging my own little public advocacy campaign, so I know for sure how Democrats (at least in NY) are just as much of an obstruction as the Republicans. Two short years ago Cuomo was sounding like the reprehensible Pete Sessions himself, promoting the ridiculous idea that seedless, female flowers of cannabis plants are a “gateway drug” to heroin addiction. The ONLY reason Cuomo changed his mind (like Schumer) is b/c they see the growing political influence of the cannabis community. The most welcome defeat of Sessions in Texas by Colin Allred (see the glorious irony of his last name?) is solid proof that supporting more “marihuana” madness can result in election losses–and rightly so. Anyone can see how legal cannabis is enjoying an increasing amount of bipartisan support. Hopefully, Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner will step up and make a deal with Schumer, and get back in Dump’s ear for the signature. Again, federal lawmakers NEVER should’ve tyrannized our brave cannabis growers and entrepreneurs to begin with.

          • I see.
            Point taken.
            Well, all politics is local. But in any case, Democrats are trending TOWARD full legalization in a big way, while the Republicans are going fascist, and just keep on lying in any way they can, on any topic or issue, if they think it will advance the cult of Republicanism.
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            My congratulations to Colin Zachary Allred!
            And yes, he probably got lots of teasing as a kid for his name; but it is now Pete Sessions’ “colon” that is “all red”!! Payback is a bitch. Black Lives Matter!

  3. Trump recently said in an interview that he tells the truth “when he can”, like he was talking about ordering a freakin salad.
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    But obviously, that statement itself is a baldface lie.
    Obviously, Trump lies at every given opportunity, if he thinks it will be to his advantage.
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    Furthermore, Nobody HAS to lie, ever. Who’s MAKING Trump lie? Is he possessed by SATAN? Are space creatures controlling his brains? Or, is he just a lying #$@%^&*$%#@?
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    Yes. The last one.

    • Charles N. Sanders on

      He is one lying commander in chief and racist. “I’m not saying he’s racist…but the racist are saying he’s racist.”

      • Charles,
        True. Even if the Republicans went for full legalization, I would never support them. Republicans are fools if they think that just because I am a pothead and a stoner, I will go along with any racist Nazi @%&$#*^&, just to “get a hit!” I will not support child-snatching to get a Republican vote. &%$@ the Republicans. I may be a stoner, but I am not a monster!

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